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Philipp Meitner
Number of games in database: 77
Years covered: 1859 to 1909

Overall record: +13 -46 =16 (28.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Scotch Game (7) 
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C77 C80 C65 C68 C64
 French Defense (6) 
    C01 C00 C10
 Sicilian (4) 
    B21 B28 B40
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C70 C67 C80 C77 C65
 Giuoco Piano (4) 
    C50 C54 C53
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Hamppe vs Meitner, 1872 1/2-1/2
   J Heral vs Meitner, 1873 0-1
   Anderssen vs Meitner, 1873 1/2-1/2
   Meitner vs M Weiss, 1882 1-0
   Chigorin vs Meitner, 1882 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Vienna (1873)
   Vienna (1882)

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(born Aug-24-1839, died Dec-09-1910, 71 years old) Austria

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Philipp Meitner was born and died in Vienna. His best known game is "The Immortal Draw," K Hamppe vs Meitner, 1872.

Meitner played in the strong international tournaments Vienna (1873) and Vienna (1882). He tied for 7th–8th in the first tournament (Wilhelm Steinitz and Joseph Henry Blackburne won), and took 14th in the second one (Wilhelm Steinitz and Szymon Winawer won). He also tied for 8th–9th at Vienna 1882 (Vincenz Hruby won), took 8th at Vienna 1895 (Georg Marco won), took 4th at Vienna 1908 (Richard Réti won), and tied for 6th–7th at Vienna 1909/1910 (Trebitsch Memorial, Réti won).

Meitner studied at the Vienna Polytechnic, and William Steinitz was a fellow student. He was the father of the noted physicist Lise Meitner, one of the co-discoverers of nuclear fission. Meitnerium, element 109 in the Periodic Table, is named for her.

Wikipedia article: Philipp Meitner

Wikipedia article: Lise Meitner

Last updated: 2022-11-19 07:09:30

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 77  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Steinitz vs Meitner 1-0341859Casual gameC52 Evans Gambit
2. Steinitz vs Meitner 1-0261860Casual gameC55 Two Knights Defense
3. K Hamppe vs Meitner ½-½181872ViennaC25 Vienna
4. NN vs Meitner 0-1281873Chess SocietyC50 Giuoco Piano
5. Meitner vs Anderssen  ½-½711873ViennaC45 Scotch Game
6. Anderssen vs Meitner ½-½341873ViennaC41 Philidor Defense
7. Meitner vs Anderssen 0-1261873ViennaB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
8. Meitner vs S Rosenthal 0-1511873ViennaC45 Scotch Game
9. S Rosenthal vs Meitner 1-0441873ViennaC33 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Meitner vs Paulsen  ½-½341873ViennaC27 Vienna Game
11. Paulsen vs Meitner 1-0401873ViennaA07 King's Indian Attack
12. Meitner vs Paulsen  0-1251873ViennaC01 French, Exchange
13. Meitner vs Steinitz  ½-½221873ViennaC77 Ruy Lopez
14. Steinitz vs Meitner 1-0451873ViennaC11 French
15. Meitner vs Steinitz ½-½261873ViennaC51 Evans Gambit
16. Meitner vs A Schwarz  ½-½351873ViennaC01 French, Exchange
17. A Schwarz vs Meitner  0-1361873ViennaC41 Philidor Defense
18. Meitner vs A Schwarz  1-0411873ViennaC01 French, Exchange
19. Meitner vs O Gelbfuhs  ½-½241873ViennaC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. O Gelbfuhs vs Meitner 0-1461873ViennaC33 King's Gambit Accepted
21. Meitner vs O Gelbfuhs ½-½771873ViennaC48 Four Knights
22. Bird vs Meitner 1-0531873ViennaC00 French Defense
23. Meitner vs Bird 0-1421873ViennaC45 Scotch Game
24. J Heral vs Meitner 0-1231873ViennaC46 Three Knights
25. Meitner vs J Heral  ½-½331873ViennaA07 King's Indian Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-17-04  clendenon: Could this Philipp Meitner be the father of the great German scientist Lise Meitner? Anyone know?
Dec-17-04  Dillinger: I think the answer is yes. Lise Meiner's father was named Philipp and socialized with Vienna's chess playing elite.
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  pawn to QB4: Googling "Lise Meitner" gave me the following from the first three sites: #1. Wikipedia: "As with many early female scientists, her parents were opposed to her entering university". #2. Lise Meitner: A Battle for Ultimate Truth: "Owing to Austrian restrictions on female education...she only entered university in 1901" <aged 22> #3. "Her parents placed great value on education...<she> was able to pass the entrance exams for Vienna university <and> graduated having written her thesis in the conduction of heat in inhomogeneous was highly theoretical....realising there would be little work in Vienna, she moved to Berlin, living off an allowance from her generous and sympathetic parents". Hey, maybe Wikipedia gave P Meitner less than his due and he's one of us. Anyone able to shed more light before I try to correct their site?
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  pawn to QB4: I rest my case. A man of whom chess can be proud, a worthy father of a heroine of science.
Mar-05-08  wrap99: Could, based on the games included here, Meitner be called a chess master?

This would be an interesting addition to wikipedia entry on L. Meitner.

Dec-23-08  Karpova: <wrap99: Could, based on the games included here, Meitner be called a chess master?>

His historical Elo was 2380.

Mar-14-09  vonKrolock: <"Rechtsanwalt Dr. Philipp Meitner (1836-1910) war Teilnehmer der internationalen Wiener Schachturniere 1873 und 1882. Er ist der Vater der Kernphysikerin Lise Meitner."> and <"Philipp Meitner (January 1838 – September 1910) was a lawyer and Austrian chess master.

His most famous game was the "Immortal Draw", black vs Carl Hamppe

Meitner played in two strong international tournaments in Vienna in 1873 and 1882. He tied for 7-8th in the first tournament (Wilhelm Steinitz Wilhelm Steinitz

Dr. Philipp Meitner was the father of Lise Meitner

Lise Meitner was an Austrian physics who studied radioactivity and nuclear physics.... etc"> .

Aug-04-09  edkes: hey Lise Meitner was my great great great aunt i think!... nice to know the connection between two world famous relatives of mine!
Apr-06-11  waustad: Just looking at the W-L-D probably doesn't tell enough about his strength. His opponents in the database look like a who's who of latter 19th century chess.
Feb-22-12  Eastfrisian: Any photo of him ?
Jan-27-14  Karpova: Information from the obituary <Dr. Meitners letzte Schachpartie>:

On December 9, 1910, Dr. Philipp Meitner suddenly died at the age of 72. He had been a member of the Vienna Chess Club for more than 40 years. It's described how he managed to draw Schlechter. It ends with the remark that his eigth game against Schlechter he finished without losing (this possibly indicates that he lost the preceding 7 games and that the draw against Schlechter was his last chessgame ever).

Source: Page 25 of the January 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-01-15  zanzibar: He was also invited to attend <Baden-Baden (1870)>:

Feb-14-17  Marcelo Bruno: <Dillinger> Wikipedia confirms this.
Feb-10-18  wrap99: Around the time of Meitner's death, his daughter I think was struggling to be accepted into the world of academia, dealing with having to use a separate entrance from males, etc. He could never have imagined what his daughter would discover or experience. I doubt if many non-physicists in those days knew who Einstein was and Lise if she knew of him would not have guessed their connection in physics almost 30 years later. I would bet both father and daughter thought things were getting better for Jews and Lise, having converted, would not have guessed that around the same time she discovered fission she would have to flee Austria.
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  MissScarlett: A lot of top players seem to have mistaken his head for a baseball.

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